Baptism

Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of initiation. It is often called the "door to the Sacraments," because it is prerequisite to the others, and opens the way to them. In obedience to Christ's command that we should she should "go out, making disciples of all nations, and baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," (Matthew 28:19) Baptism is how the Church inducts new members.

Baptism at Our Lady of Tahoe

Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of initiation.  It is often called the “door to the Sacraments,” because it is prerequisite to the others, and opens the way to them. In obedience to Christ’s command that we should “go out, making disciples of all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  (Matthew 28:19)

Before you consider the following requirements, remember that we’re here for you. If you’re interested in joining the Catholic Church, or have a growing family to bring into the fold, we’ll help you through the process. Likewise, if you or your family have been away from the Church and practice of the Faith for a while, we will do all we can to smooth your return, and to welcome your family home with you.

We welcome all families with young children. Parents must be registered, practicing, contributing members of Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church for at least 4 months before the Baptism date; regular attendance at Sunday Mass is essential. For those who request Baptism: Parents and Godparents must first attend the pre-baptismal class. It is required to have two Godparents– both of whom practice their faith–although it is possible that one of the Godparents who is not a Catholic Christian may be a Christian Witness.

Those requesting Baptism who are not registered parishioners of Our Lady of Tahoe but are members of another parish, may have their children baptized here at the parish provided they get the necessary written permission from their local Pastor, and complete the necessary prerequisites.

When contacting the office, please note the following:

  • The office will collect some basic information about you and/or the person to be baptised, and about the sponsors/Godparents.
  • Classes are required for both adults entering the Church, as well as the parents of infants to be baptised.
  • If you're from another parish, permission will be required from your home parish.
  • Practice of the Faith is essential, a good indicator of which is Mass attendance, though other factors also matter.
  • Absent an emergency, this process takes some time. Your patience and willingness to work through the process with us will make things easier on everyone.

Ask Us About Baptism

there is so much to do in preparation for most baptisms, both for parents and for our staff, it is important to contact the office well before an anticipated baptism even goes into the planning stages. If you would like to learn more about the process, or discuss how to begin preparations for a Baptism at Our Lady of Tahoe, please see the information in the Our Lady of Tahoe: The Sacrament of Baptism section, and then send us a message or contact the parish office.

Baptism - Catholic Encyclopaedia

At the outset we think it advisable to give two documents which express clearly the mind of the Church on the subject of baptism. They are valuable, also, as containing a summary of the main points to be considered in the treatment of this important matter. Baptism is defined positively in the one and negatively in the other.